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Articles by Angie Dansey

  • CAN AN EMPLOYEE REQUEST PART-TIME WORKING OR A CHANGE TO THEIR HOURS? by Angie, posted on 29th Aug 2017 The Employment Rights Act 1996 provides employees, who have at least 26 weeks' continuous employment, the statutory right to request flexible working...
  • HOW CAN I IMPROVE EMPLOYEE RETENTION? by Angie, posted on 15th Aug 2017 Certain industries have a high turnover of employees in the first few months as a result or resignations or dismissals...
  • WHAT ARE LAWFUL PAY DEDUCTIONS? by Angie, posted on 1st Aug 2017 Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, to enable employers to lawfully make deductions from wages or take payments from an employee, the deduction or payment must be: required or authorised by legislation (for example, income tax or national insurance deductions) authorised by the worker's contract - provided the worker has been given a written copy of the relevant terms or a written explanation of them before it is made consented to by the worker in writing before it is made...
  • CAN YOU CHARGE EMPLOYEES FOR THEIR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)? by Angie, posted on 25th Apr 2017 A lot of jobs require employees to wear protective clothing or footwear (PPE)...
  • POOR PERFORMANCE OR POOR CONDUCT DURING NOTICE PERIOD by Angie, posted on 14th Feb 2017 When an employee has submitted their resignation, they have made the decision to move on...
  • Why is it important to get a Reference for a new employee? by Angie, posted on 17th Jan 2017 I often get calls from Clients wanting advice on their options with new employees that are not working out for one reason or another...
  • Addressing stroppy or difficult Employees by Angie, posted on 10th Jan 2017 It's the time of year we all make resolutions on how we are going to do things differently...
  • APPLICATION OF BANK HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT FOR PART TIME WORKERS by Angie, posted on 20th Dec 2016 It's that time of year when employers start organising next year...
  • IS MEDIATION 'PINK AND FLUFFY'? by Angie, posted on 29th Nov 2016 Because HR is about people, no two situations are every exactly the same...
  • SICKNESS DURING ANNUAL LEAVE by Angie, posted on 22nd Nov 2016 What would you do if an employee returns from annual leave and announces they were unwell for most of it so they want it to be considered as sick leave rather than annual leave? Employees often think that all they have to do is tell their employer they were sick during their holiday and in doing so they can count the time as sickness absence, even if they were not in the country at the time...
  • WORKING IN FANCY DRESS REQUESTS by Angie, posted on 25th Oct 2016 At certain times of the year, such as Halloween, Children in Need or Christmas, employees may ask if they can come to work in fancy dress, sometimes this is to get into the spirit of things, raise money for charity or both...
  • WHAT ACTION SHOULD YOU TAKE IF YOU RECEIVE AN UNSATISFACTORY REFERENCE? by Angie, posted on 11th Oct 2016 I would always strongly recommend that part of the recruitment process should include asking prospective employees for at least two employment references, one of which should always be their last employer...
  • Proof of the right to work in the UK by Angie, posted on 30th Aug 2016 Sometimes we all take our own knowledge for granted and think ‘everybody knows that don't they?' An example of this is, that I have recently come across a number of clients that were not aware that they have a legal responsibility to see and keep copies of all employees' documents evidencing they have the right to work in the UK...
  • Bullying in the workplace - but the employee has asked you not to do anything! by Angie, posted on 21st Jun 2016 What do you do if an employee tells you they are being bullied at work - but they don't want you to do anything about it? First of all what is Bullying?  It is any behaviour that is intended to humiliate or undermine a person in some way...
  • Refusing Holiday Requests - I'm Going Anyway by Angie, posted on 14th Jun 2016 It is that time of year when most people are thinking about taking their summer holiday...
  • Self Certification by Angie, posted on 17th May 2016 Talking to employers about sickness absence, whether it is long term or short term, is a common topic of conversation...
  • Stress Related Absence by Angie, posted on 15th Mar 2016 Stress Related Absence According to the CIPD Absence Management Survey report for 2015 there was again an increase in stress related absence for the 6th consecutive year...
  • Addressing Persistent Lateness by Angie, posted on 8th Mar 2016 Addressing Persistent Lateness  There will sometimes be genuine reasons for employees being late for work; this could be due to poor weather conditions, traffic problems and other circumstances beyond their control...
  • The New National Living Wage - What you need to know by Angie, posted on 23rd Feb 2016 The New National Living Wage - What you need to know It has now been confirmed that the new National Living Wage (NLW) will come into force on 1st April 2016...
  • How to Deal With Disrespect or Insubordination by Angie, posted on 16th Feb 2016 How to Deal With Disrespect or Insubordination If you have an employee who is vocally challenging, rude, aggressive, militant or point blank refuses to follow a reasonable instruction you should address it appropriately...
  • Off Sick - But ok on Social Media by Angie, posted on 26th Jan 2016 What should you do if you are told that an employee who is off sick put postings and photos on social media that suggest that rather than being poorly, they appear to be quite well...
  • Monitoring Employee’s Use of the Internet by Angie, posted on 15th Jan 2016 Monitoring Employee's Use of the Internet You may have heard in the media this week about a judgement in the European Court of Human Rights ruled that employers can justify reading workers' private online messages...
  • Application of Bank Holiday Entitlement for Part Time Workers by Angie, posted on 5th Jan 2016 It's that time of year when employers start organising next year...
  • Working in Fancy Dress requests by Angie, posted on 27th Oct 2015 Working in Fancy Dress Requests At certain times of the year, such as Halloween, Children in Need or Christmas, employees may ask if they can come to work in fancy dress, sometimes this is to get into the spirit of things, raise money for charity or both...